THE MATCH-UP: Corpus Christi IceRays @ Amarillo Bulls
LOCATION: Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center
GAME DATES: Friday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7 pm.
BROADCAST INFO: Both games air live on CBS Sports Radio 1440, www.amarillobulls.com and on PPV courtesy of Fast Hockey, beginning with the Wayland Baptist University Warm-Up Show at 6:45 pm. Denis J. Puska has the play-by-play call to follow. Don’t forget to catch the Post-Game Show from live in The Corral immediately after the game.
THE PROMOTIONS: Face-Off Against Cancer Weekend. FRIDAY: It's Furlough Friday save $5 off any Red ($10) or Silver ($7) Level Ticket for this night only. Fans can get two Silver Level Tickets for $18 and two Red Level Tickets for $24 if they buy for both nights. Saturday is Pink In The Rink For Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Bulls will wear special pink jerseys and an auction follows immediately after the game with proceeds to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
TICKET INFO: Tickets are available at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket Outlets, including United Supermarkets. Fans can also visit www.panhandletickets.com and order tickets. Full and Partial Plans are still available for the entire season, please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.
THE SERIES: This is the first of 12 meetings between the Amarillo Bulls and the Corpus Christi Ice Rays. The two teams have met a total of 32 times with the Bulls collecting 22 victories. Last year, they met in the NAHL Robertson Cup Playoffs with the Bulls winning the series in four games.
SPECIAL TEAM MATCH-UP: This game features among the best special teams in the North American Hockey League. The Bulls rank first on the power play and 11th overall in penalty killing. South Division teams have tallied just one power play goal in their last 31 chances and have surrendered two shorthanded goals. The IceRays are 10th best on the power play with eight goals, but none of those markers have come on the road. In penalty killing, the IceRays are 12th overall and have given up eight goals (four each on the road and at home). Corpus Christi has yet to score a shorthanded goal or allow one in 12 games.
HOT GOALIES LEAVING THEIR MARK: This weekend’s match-up features hot goaltenders for both teams. Collin Delia has not allowed a goal in his last 150 minutes of action and enters the weekend with a goals against average of 1.09. Paul Berrafato has surrendered just six goals to South Division opponents and has yet to taste defeat. The IceRays’ Ben Myers has yielded two goals in his last three games and supports an average of 1.55.